Offered by: Spectandum
By Appointment Only Leuven , Belgium Call Seller 32475648678


Set of 3 wooden neckrests, Somali People,Somalia

$ 7,267
  • Description
    Men in East Africa use headrests both as pillows and as indicators of status. This type of mans headrest is used by the Boni of northeast Kenya and southern Somalia and by Somali nomads. The patterns on Somali and Boni headrests probably reflect the Islamic influence in the region. Some scholars interpret the patterns and iconography as a “form of shorthand for prayer,” to ensure God’s protection of the sleeper. Headrests also play an important role in the nuptial ceremonies of Somali nomads.
    The headrest is carved from a single piece of fine-grained wood known as hagar in Somali, or also yucub wood. The wood is usually left in its natural color, but sometimes it is painted red or black by its owner. They may be carved by the owner or commissioned from an artist.
  • More Information
    Origin: Somalia
    Period: 1920-1949
    Materials: Wood, handcarved
    Condition: Good.
    Number of Pieces: 2-3
    Styles / Movements: Tribal, Traditional
    Dealer Reference #: 1700_1702_1703
    Incollect Reference #: 460597
  • Dimensions
    H. 5.91 in;
    H. 15 cm;
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